The Cambridge History of American Literature, Volume 2: Prose Writing, 1820-1865

By Sacvan Bercovitch

The narratives during this quantity make for a four-fold point of view on literature: social, cultural, highbrow, and aesthetic; they represent a uncomplicated reassessment of yankee prose-writing among 1820 and 1865. those narratives position the yank literature in a world context, whereas by no means wasting sight of its designated American features, even if colonial, provincial, or nationwide. jointly, they give a compelling and finished revision of the literary value of early American heritage and the historic worth of early American literature.

"...the normal editor has assembled 4 refined contributions that re-examine the extraordinary achievemant of the period....the book's 4 sections are a hand tricky to overcome for an outline of antebellum prose....all 4 students exhibit themselves in complete keep an eye on of basic methodologies in addition to the variety of prose literature germane to them." studies in American History

"...Cambridge college Press keeps to remake scholarly criteria within the examine of yankee literature....These essays are clever and remarkably wealthy in old detail....The Cambridge heritage of yankee Literature earns its position at the supplying the reader way more element approximately early American lifestyles and letters than the other unmarried source." Peter Temes, Harvard Review

"...a actual energy of this literary historical past is that its major concentration is on literature instead of history....I nonetheless visit literature to profit approximately myself." Stephen Railton, Nineteenth-Century Literature

"...each of the essays is a wide-ranging monograph, bringing up a number of authors and drawing upon the historic, highbrow, political, and monetary traditions to which they respond....The result's a wealthy tapestry within which those 4 students communicate to one another to supply a multifaceted view of an important forty-five years of yank literary history....I'm maintaining this e-book close by as an imperative resource." Nancy A. Walker, American Studies

"The Cambridge historical past of yankee Literature [...] is, absolutely and with none critical rival, THE scholarly background for our generation." --Journal of yankee Studies

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This is the fullest and richest account of the yankee Renaissance to be had in any literary historical past. The narratives during this quantity made for a four-fold viewpoint on literature: social, cultural, highbrow and aesthetic. jointly those represent a uncomplicated reassessment of yank prose-writing among 1820 and 1865. it really is an success that may stay authoritative for our time and that would set new instructions for coming many years in American literary scholarship. (Amazon)

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Ps92. c34 1994 810. nine nine 2 –4 2 479 ISBN 0-521-30106-8 isbn-13978-0-521-30106-0 hardback isbn-100-5 21-30 106-8hardback- CambridgeUniversityPresshasnoresponsibilityforthepersisitenceoraccuruacyofURLs forthird-partyinternetwebsitesreferredtointhispublication,anddoesnot guaranteethatanycontentonsuchwebsitesis,orwillremain,accurateorappropriate. CONTENTS web page vii A cknowledgments advent stipulations OF LITERARY VOCATION nine Michael Davttt Bell, Williams university 1 Beginnings of Professionalism 2 Women's Fiction and the Literary market within the 1850s THE LITERATURE OF growth AND RACE eleven seventy four one hundred twenty five EricJ. Sundquist, college of California, l. a. 1 Exploration and Empire 2 The Frontier and American Indians three The Literature of Slavery and African American tradition THE TRANSCENDENTALISTS 127 a hundred seventy five 239 329 Barbara L. Packer, collage of California, l. a. 1 Unitarian Beginnings 2 The attack on Locke three four five 6 7 eight nine 331 Carlyle and the Beginnings of yankee Transcendentalism "Annus Mirabilis" The institution and the move Letters and Social goals The desire of Reform Diaspora The Antislavery Years v 350 362 376 392 424 459 495 548 VI CONTENTS NARRATIVE varieties 605 Jonathan Arac, collage of Pittsburgh 1 2 three four five developing nationwide Narrative neighborhood Narratives own Narratives Literary Narrative problem of Literary Narrative and Consolidation of nationwide Narrative 607 629 661 Chronology Bibliography 779 Index 693 735 851 861 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS FROM the final EDITOR i want to thank Harvard collage for a furnish that enabled the participants to convene for 3 days of debate and making plans. i'm thankful for the beneficiant tips of Andrew Brown, Julie Greenblatt, and T. Susan Chang of Cambridge college Press; for the regular aid and recommendation of Daniel Aaron, Eytan Bercovitch, and Susan L. Mizruchi; and for the serious and clerical pupil aid I bought from Nancy Bentley, Michael Berthold, Lianna Farber, and Jessica Riskin. My specific due to Margaret Reid, who helped at each level. Sacvan Bercovitch FROM THE affiliate EDITOR I desire to thank Jonathan Arac and David S. Shields for certain tips with the chronologies for volumes one and ; Pamela Bruton and Susan Greenberg for his or her meticulous copyediting; Katharita Lamoza for her sufferer and professional supervision of the construction method; Julie Greenblatt and T. Susan Chang for his or her important support during the a variety of phases of this undertaking; and Elizabeth Fowler for her consistent ethical help and sturdy suggestion. Cyrus R. okay. Patell stipulations OF LITERARY VOCATION I desire to thank the nationwide Endowment for the arts for a 1986 summer time Stipend, and Williams university for a sabbatical go away within the fall of that 12 months; their aid freed up an important time for learning and writing a lot of my contribution to this quantity. i'm additionally thankful to the employees of the Williams university Library for his or her fast processing of interlibrary mortgage requests. i've got attempted to point my bills to different students within the physique of my part and in my contributions to this volume's bibliography, yet i'm rather indebted to Perry Miller, who first brought me to the various vi 1 Vlll ACKNOWLEDGMENTS books and authors I talk about, and to the writings of William Charvat, relatively to the essays, comprehensive and unfinished, accumulated posthumously because the occupation of Authorship in the USA, 1800—i8yo.

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